Author: Katabella Roberts
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday raised the level of the monkeypox alert to level 2 and recommended that people wear masks when traveling, just before canceling the recommendations.
U updatethe government agency raised the alert to level 2, encouraging people to practice heightened precautions such as avoiding contact with people who are visibly ill, washing their hands regularly and wearing face covers.
“Smallpox cases have been reported in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia,” the CDC wrote in its warning.
“Some cases have been reported among men who have sex with men. “Some cases have also been reported in people living in the same household with an infected person,” he added.
The health agency warned on Monday that travelers should avoid close contact with sick people, including those with skin or genital injuries, as well as with dead or living wildlife such as small rodents and monkeys.
Travelers are also urged to avoid eating game meat or to use products such as creams and lotions obtained from wild animals in Africa, where cases of monkeypox are most common.
“Avoid contact with contaminated materials used by sick people (such as clothing, bedding or materials used in health facilities) or who have come into contact with infected animals,” the health authority said.
Finally, the CDC urged travelers to wear masks, noting that “it can help protect against many diseases, including monkeypox.”
However, tips for wearing masks from June 7 are no longer present on the CDC website, while the rest advice for travelers remains in force.
A CDC spokesman told the Epoch Times on Tuesday: “Yesterday, the CDC removed the recommendation for a mask from a health warning for monkeypox because it caused confusion.”
“Travel Health Advisories informs travelers and physicians about current health issues that affect travelers’ health, such as disease epidemics, special events or meetings, and natural disasters, in destinations around the world. In countries where there is a current smallpox epidemic, the CDC continues to recommend masking in high-risk situations, including contact with households and health professionals, or for other people who may be in close contact with a person confirmed to have smallpox. from a monkey. ”
“The CDC will continue to update the recommendations as more is known about this current epidemic.”
Smallpox is caused by a rare virus believed to be transmitted to humans from animals and is an endemic disease in central and West Africa, usually located near tropical forests.
The virus spreads from person to person through close contact with body fluids, injuries, respiratory droplets and contaminated materials.
Scientists say the virus can cause a number symptoms, including fever, body aches, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, headaches, and a rash that usually occurs one to three days after the onset of the fever, before spreading to other parts of the body. The rash can last up to a month.
As of June 6, there were 1,019 confirmed cases of smallpox in 29 countries around the world related to the current epidemic, 30 of which are in the United States, the report said. CDC.
The first suspicious case was published May 7 with a person who traveled from the United Kingdom to Nigeria and then returned to the UK.
Health officials pointed out that several cases were found among homosexuals, although the virus itself is not a sexually transmitted infection and can infect anyone.
Smallpox is deadly to 1-11% of infected people, although previous smallpox vaccinations, which are linked to the smallpox virus, can provide protection.
In May, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company modern announced which is testing potential smallpox vaccines in preclinical trials as part of its commitment to improving programs against pathogens that pose a threat to public health by 2025.
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